EFCC arrests Abia state assembly speaker
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested the former governor of Abia State, Theodore Orji and his son Chinedu for alleged misappropriation of funds.
The ex-governor, who had for long been on the Commission’s watch list, was intercepted at the Nnamdi International Airport, Abuja at about 10am, and driven to the headquarters of the EFCC in Abuja. While his son Chinedu who is currently the speaker of the Abia State house of assembly turned himself in this afternoon upon learning of the arrest of his father and was immediately detained.
Orji, a current senator is currently being quizzed alongside his son, Chinedu investigation for alleged misappropriation of public funds and money laundering.
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The ex-governor is alleged to have received N500 Million monthly as security vote for eight years as governor of Abia between 2007 and 2015.
Other allegations against him concerned alleged mismanagement of N2billion Ecological Fund and mismanagement of Sure-P funds.
EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed the detention of the former governor and his Speaker son. Mr Uwujaren, however, declined further comments.
The EFCC had in February 2020 interrogated Mr Orji and his son over allegations that they diverted N521 billion public funds.